One Wonderful Month at Casa Joya
Submitted: December 16, 2011
Stayed: November 2011
I choose San Miguel de Allende for it's culture, beauty, weather in November and December and artist colony. What I got was that and so much more. Casa Joya was the perfect location. You are able to walk almost anywhere and we did. We did not rent a car. (If we needed to go further, we would take the very available and inexpensive cab.) It is a beautiful and comfortable home. Our daughters flew in for Thanksgiving, and the house provided everyone space together, and apart. My husband needed to work part of the time and the wireless internet was reliable most of the time. Iona, the owner and the people in San Miguel who take care of their home including Annie at San Miguel Rentals were all wonderful, both prior to departure and during our stay. They assisted us in planning, recommendations, and answering the many first timer questions. We (my husband and I) decided to go for a month our first trip. It was the perfect amount of time. I took many water color and drawing lessons from Edina Sargent in the Fabrica Aurora, a 7 minute walk. She was patient and a wonderful teacher. I took photo transfer classes from Linda Soberman in San Antonio area. I loved all of my classes. My husband golfed at Manlenquin regularly, and the ex-pats there took him under their wing and included in on twice weekly tournaments. The golf is 11 holes...so you play almost twice for 18. It is a course with many trees and very challenging. My husband enjoyed it very much. Restaurant choices were plentiful and wonderful. Some of note include Socialitte, Companio, El Correo, El Pegaso for breakfast...Eggs Benedict and Robin Hood eggs (lots of veges, which are not plentiful on many menus), Dos Casas, Longhorn grille for great bar b que ..(take time to meet the friendly owner, Keith), & Ten Ten Pie for inexpensive tacos and margaritas. The Jardin is a 5 minute walk from Casa Joya and we were able to enjoy incredible live opera for free along with the citizens of San Miguel. We also went to the Jazz Festival, and the final evening, a Tribute to Stevie Wonder was incredible. The cost of going to San Miguel is inexpensive, and the absolute best part is how warm and friendly the residents and ex-pats are. They are happy, and it is a happy, relaxing place to be Last notes...you don't need fancy clothes and pack very comfortable walking shoes and clothes you can wear in layers. Our month..30's in the evening, low 80's in the day. Thank you Iona, and thank you San Miguel
Tourists without a Car,
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